A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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What is the synonym of “pixel pusher” for programmers? [closed]

"Pixel pusher" is the ironic expression denominating graphical designers (see this article). What would be the similar expression for programmers? I would like to emphasize the user interface ...
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What is a word that means “easy to give up”? [closed]

What is a word that means "easy to give up"? For example, "A person that would give up is more likely to lose a basketball game than a person that never gives up."
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Peevish, crabby, irritable, and bad-tempered [closed]

What's the difference between them? What the difference between someone who is peevish or irritable and a ‘crabby person’? As far as I get them Peevish — easily annoyed, especially by things that ...
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Synonyms for the “not…but…” construction

I am looking for proper alternatives to the "not...but..." construction, which is used to refute an assumption and draw attention to a new point. Example: The park was known not for its amenities, ...
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Synonym for “Register activities”

I'm currently in the process of designing an app for the smartphone, but I'm running into a linguistic issue. In the app you're supposed to be able to keep track of what you did on a day, and see how ...
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Synonyms for “having a property”

When writing a mathematical text one often wants to express that a certain object has a certain property, i.e.: "Object A has property X." Since this formulation gets boring if used too many times, ...
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replacing “preface” to “opening words”

when I write the first page of the book listing the contents of the book has, would it be proper if I choose the word "opening words" rather than the word "preface" like opening words (preface) ...
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Same theme pictures( or paintings) merged

Is there an english word (substantive) that refers to a type of picture or painting where there are merged lot of pieces of a same theme? So far I found 'mural' and 'collage', but not sure if they ...
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Term for past, present, and future classification of nouns

In a software program, I assign contracts a temporal classification as a past, current, or future agreement. I need a descriptive term for this classification and "temporal classification" seems ...
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and ...
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Inhabitant of a hospital?

I'm looking for a word that can describe a long-term inhabitant (inhabitant is the best I've come up with so far) of a hospital. Specifically, a soldier living (retained? - again, word might fit here ...
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Is there another way to say a false dichotomy, such as a forced choice or …?

Is there another way to say a false dichotomy, such as a forced choice or ... ??? Isn't there some even handier phrase, that I can't for the life of me think of (doesn't that drive you absolutely ...
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Word for a real-time counter of something

Is there any better word than just "counter" for a tool that counts/calculates something according to some rule and displays the result in a real time? Examples of such tools: national debt clock ...
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What is the person who records the sales/winning bids in an Auction called?

In an auction there is a person doing the auction chant (auctioneer) and another person recording the results : who won and for how much. What is that second person called?
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Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage?

Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? What would be the subtler differences & similarities? Examples & scenarios where: Only one can be used Both can be used One ...
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What word is the positive equivalent of flattery?

The word flattery depicts much heavier compliments and praise than either "compliment" or "praise". Is there a word with similar (or close) intensity as flattery without the insincerity component? ...
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What would a word or words be for horrendous, stressful, controlled “chaos” be? Such as a team working on a trauma in an emergency room setting?

Word for Opposite of uncontrolled chaos such as controlled but stressful emergency setting with a team of emergency workers all multitasking in a combined effort.
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A word that means cast aside and taken back repeatedly

I need a word that defines that which is commonly tossed aside to be grabbed back again, like a notebook. I'm trying to use a word that defines this implicit nature in an object: something that is not ...
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It's not 'suicide'. What is it? [closed]

It's not suicide 'Suicide' means suicide, n.1 a. One who dies by his own hand; one who commits self-murder. Also, one who attempts or has a tendency to commit suicide. suicide, n.2 a. The ...
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Is spoiled in a good use here ? [closed]

For example I want to know if my actions did "ruin" someones weekend, but use for ruin a softer/nicer word can this be "spoil" and the sentence would look like this: I hope i did not spoil your ...
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Trying to remember a synonym for a “fixed smile”

I remember reading this word in the writings of Anthony Burgess. I think it began with an 'r' and could also be used in a medical context when describing facial paralysis. Can anyone help me out?
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Source of unusual synonym for Sundog

The most common usage for Sundog is a mock sun or parhelion. I also find ongoing references to a Sundog as "A nomad, without strong group affiliation and the permanent residency it affords" in ...
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Synonym for Misrepresentation in Political Context

Imagine two candidates for public office. Both say the invasion of Country X was completely unjustified and illegal. That's a true statement, therefore, they're both speaking the truth up to this ...
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What do you call a person that is consistent in her beliefs despite the difficulties they might cause?

I am sure there has to be a more precise word to describe a person that is not giving up on her beliefs no matter what other says. You could say consistent in her beliefs, but I am looking for ...
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Short idiomatic word for “low-complexity” [closed]

I am looking for suggestions to convert "low-complexity" (in the context of computations or a program) into a simple, short idiomatic word or adjective (not "simple"). [EDIT] It is meant to be used in ...
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Is the word 'append' synonymous with 'insert'? [closed]

Append is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary to mean: "to add (something) to a piece of writing" When observing the common usage of the word, it's typically to imply that something was ...
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Word or Phrase for Smart and Difficult to work with [closed]

A coworker and I are having a discussion about a very smart person we work with who is also very difficult to deal with. We both feel like there is a word or phrase out there to describe this type ...
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Synonyms for 'entitled'? [closed]

Looking for synonyms of 'entitled'. The dictionary lists synonyms for 'entitle' which has got to do with rightful access/privilege. I am looking for synonyms of the word in the sense of presuming ...
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How did “that is” evolve into informal “as in”? [closed]

Someone might write: Our ​friends, that is to say ​our son's ​friends, will ​meet us at the ​airport. Yet, say: Our ​friends, as in ​our son's ​friends, will ​meet us at the ​airport. How ...
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How do I describe a person who is consistently attentive?

I was trying to compare two coworkers work habits. One is a sprinter, he works hard for months at a time but eventually gets bored with projects that go longer than a few months. The other is a ...
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Difference between the words resulting and resultant

Can anyone suggest situations where resultant would be preferable to resulting, or vice-versa? Dictionary definitions, noted down as a result of a telephone conversation but should be correct: ...
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Stratagem vs. Strategy [closed]

What is the difference between the two, and when should I use one or the other? I have seen "stratagem" used to describe "under-the-table", or negative/sinister strategies. Is this true in general?
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How would you say something like “telling important information to others” with one word? [closed]

I'm not a native english speaker, and I don't know the exact phrase or word for the action of telling important information to others on a flyer/website/etc. I'd say announce but I think this is not ...
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What is a word that means both “reject” and “detest”?

Korah and 250 leaders rebelled against Moses and Aaron, God detested and rejected them, and made the earth cleft asunder and swallow the rebels. 1) Can I use one word to convey the meaning of ...
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Alternatives to “knowledge” and “gnosis” for words meaning “science” but with Germanic or Greek roots? [closed]

What are the closest synonyms for science with Germanic or Greek roots? Knowledge (Germanic) seems too shallow, and gnosis (Greek) too mystical.
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What do tweezers do? [closed]

The other day, I had an acne blemish that I couldn't reach. Naturally, my wife was all too happy to take care of it for me. It turned out there was an ingrown hair inside. She said "I can't get it out ...
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Another term for “zero-sum game” [closed]

Rock-paper-scissors is a zero-sum game, however I remember a different phrase that means essentially the same thing - when each member of a group of objects has exactly balanced strengths and ...
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Synonym for good/productive/star employee

Take the following paragraph, which would be a description of a websites services. We want to promote and enable greater talent and potential by connecting employers with employees. Whether ...
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final though-tag: That tongue at the end tho; That victory dance though

For the last few years the internet has abounded with expressions ending in a kinda of "though-tag" in final position, especially in comments to GIFs and the like, such as the following: That ...
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Idiom, phrase, or word for “no clear division”

Example: "There is no clear division between a liquid and a solid. The soggy soil we are standing on is a case in point. So is the yogurt you're having." What's an idiom, phrase, or word for "no ...
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If “verbalize” puts thoughts into spoken word, what about putting thoughts into written word? [closed]

If "verbalize" puts thoughts into spoken word, what about putting thoughts into written word? I considered document, record, but neither capture the visualization of "writing" the way verbalize ...
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“Slay” and “Entertain”

I have recently been shown that "Slay" can also mean "Entertain", however this seems rather odd to me. "You slay me, you really do." I have two main questions: In what reasonable context would ...
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Could the word “stringent” ever be used to describe a person? [closed]

Last night a person in our group was describing another fellow as stringent. I told him I had never heard a person described with this word and instead stern or exacting might be better. I Also said ...
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What is the meaning of “watered down” in this context? [closed]

What is the meaning or an appropriate synonym for "watered down" in this context? Here is the typical usage of Twitter by a brand that doesn't understand the medium: • Posts once a day ...
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“Indicative”, “Suggestive”, and other alternatives

I am documenting a software design for a scheduling system. The system allows users to allocate tasks to people. The UI displays a list of people, alongside their pattern of working hours. Tasks can ...
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Usage of “very” [duplicate]

I know the word "very" means "much, many, a lot of" etc. However, sometimes I see it is used in a different way which I struggle to understand. For example, As municipal water experts very well ...
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“Before” is to “ere”, as “after” is to …? [closed]

Are there any literary, poetic, or archaic form of "after" or "beyond"? I am especially interested in monosyllabic forms. Both "aft" and "yon" won't work, because they have quite different meanings. ...
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A word or expression similar to “handmade” [closed]

I would like to open my own store with leather sandals, and accessories such as necklaces, rings, bracelets, scarves, etc. I would like to know if there is any other suitable word than "handmade". I ...
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What's a way to refer to haunting without a negative connotation?

Is there a single word that refers to the idea that a spirit may persist after death and follow a person around without any negative connotations? Some possible answers and why I think they may be ...
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Word for “data” and “model”

My impression is that data does not encompass the scientific models which are fitted from them, or which they are compared against. Is there a word for the superset of data/datasets/measurements and ...